LeAnne M. Wistrom, Principal
Sean F. Gabriel
Martha Sturtevant Memorial Chair
Danna Sundet, Principal
Amitai Vardi, Principal
E Flat Clarinet
Laura Koepke, Principal
Sarah Elizabeth Lee
Christopher C. Rapier, Principal
Mark Addleman, Assistant
Gary Davis, Principal
Frank F. Bolte, Jr.
Kenneth Heinlein, Principal
Michael Kemp, Principal (on leave)
Bradley Amidon, Principal
Melody Rapier, Principal
String personnel listed alphabetically.
Ken Johnston, Concertmaster
Susan H. and Thomas B. Hagen Chair
Wendy Case, Associate Principal
Karen Barker Ferren
Jennifer J. Jansen
Kevin Eshelman Tompkins
Jessica R. Wiersma
Ji young Nam, Principal
Mary Ann Saylor
Jonathan Tortolano, Principal
Charles and Noel Burgoyne Endowed Chair
Erica Snowden, Associate Principal
James Mohney, Jr.
Daniel Meyer, Music Director
Daniel Meyer, Music Director
As Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic, Daniel Meyer has reinvigorated both orchestras with innovative programming and a dedication to create and sustain enthusiastic audiences for classical music. In his continuing commitment to Erie and northwest Pennsylvania, Meyer develops new youth concerts for thousands of area schoolchildren, appears as a regular guest on WQLN radio, JET and WICU TV, frequently presents to local schools, civic clubs, ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum, and continues to broaden the Philharmonic’s reach through performances at Edinboro University, the Erie Art Museum, and the Academy Theatre in Meadville. His monthly presentations at Springhill are popular community events, where he introduces the coming symphonic concert’s music.
For the 16-17 season, Meyer inaugurates the Philharmonic’s new Beethoven 4/4 project, a four-year festival featuring the great symphonic, concerto and choral works of Beethoven leading up to Beethoven’s 250th birthday. This season features a special performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with internationally-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax in residency with the Philharmonic for five days. Meyer continues to collaborate with some of the finest artists in classical music, inviting artists Demarre McGill, Sari Gruber, Soyeon Kate Lee, and concertmaster Ken Johnston to make solo appearances with the Philharmonic. This 103rd season begins with a special outdoor performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on Perry Square and ends with the music of Vaughan Williams and vocalists from the Pittsburgh Opera.
In his role as Music Director of the Asheville Symphony, Meyer conducted a new CD recording titled 'The Asheville Symphony Sessions,' an intriguing collaboration with Asheville's top popular artists recorded at Echo Mountain Studios. This season, he will lead the second Asheville Amadeus Festival, featuring a week residency and gala finale performance with violinist Midori.
As a guest conductor, Meyer’s appearances this season include a return to the Württembergische Philharmonie and a live radio broadcast with the Rochester Philharmonic, as well as debuts with the Detroit Symphony, Staatsorchester Darmstadt, Nüremberg Symphoniker, Fresno Philharmonic, and West Virginia Symphony. Other engagements this season include subscription concerts with the Westmoreland Symphony, where he serves as Artistic Director and at Duquesne University, where he will serve as Director of Orchestral Activities. Meyer recently returned to the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra, and made acclaimed debuts with the Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and Southwest Florida Orchestra. He also led the Indianapolis Symphony, the Neue Philharmonie in Germany, the Columbus Symphony, and led the Pittsburgh Ballet in a special performance of Swan Lake. At the Asheville Lyric Opera, Meyer conducted new productions of Suor Angelica, Pagliacci, Magic Flute and Carousel and led the finals of the 2014 Hilton Head International Piano Competition.
Meyer made his critically-acclaimed European debut in 2011 with the Staatstheater Stuttgart Orchestra and violinist Thomas Zehetmair. His major summer festival appearances have included the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Aspen Music Festival, the Chautauqua, Brevard, and Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestras.
In 2003, Mariss Jansons invited Meyer to become Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He worked closely with Maestro Jansons, Manfred Honeck, Sir Andrew Davis, and Charles Dutoit, led the Pittsburgh Symphony on tour, and conducted performances with Pinchas Zukerman, Sarah Chang, and Marvin Hamlisch, among other notable soloists. He also led the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Symphony with a Splash, a series designed for professionals, as well as a Sunday matinee family series called Popular Classics.
A passionate advocate for music education and community engagement, Meyer has developed a series of youth concerts based on popular children’s books to promote music and literacy. He was awarded the Bank of America Award for Excellence in Orchestra Education for his groundbreaking work with the Pittsburgh Symphony and has also appeared as a guest lecturer at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. In 2007, he led the world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Pastime, based on the lives of the great American baseball players Jackie Robinson, Josh Gibson, and Henry Aaron.
As Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Meyer led the ensemble on their first ever tour to China. In 2004, he led the Youth Symphony in a special performance at the first National Performing Arts Convention and conducted the orchestra on an international tour to Vienna, Prague, Leipzig and Budapest. He also led the orchestra in the world premiere of David Stock's Clarinet Concerto with soloist Richard Stoltzman, and conducted the premiere of a new work by John Harbison in May 2009.
David Zinman awarded Meyer the prestigious Aspen Conducting Prize in 2002, and invited him to return as Assistant Conductor and to lead a subscription performance at the Aspen Music Festival. Committed to new music and contemporary composers, Meyer conducted several premieres at Aspen, was featured on the Adventures in Listening new music series, and has appeared on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.
A native of Cleveland, Meyer studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. He is a graduate of Denison University, where he recently received the Distinguished Alumnus Citation and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He composed and conducted works for ensembles at both schools, including a Stabat Mater for soprano, chorus and orchestra. At Boston University, Meyer received the Orchestral Conducting Honors Award, and last May he received an honorary doctorate from Edinboro University.
The history of the Erie Philharmonic began on November 30, 1913, when the Erie Symphonic Orchestra, a 50 piece ensemble under the direction of Franz Kohler, presented a concert of “Sacred Music.” The title notwithstanding, the concert was entirely symphonic and was enthusiastically received by the Erie audience. Kohler, who had been concertmaster and first violinist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1897-1911, conducted the orchestra until 1916 when his health failed.
In 1920, following a lapse of four years and the end of World War I, the orchestra was reorganized under the direction of Henry Bethuel Vincent. As music director for one season, Vincent revised the orchestra under the sanction of the American Federation of Musicians so that professional and amateur musicians played together.
Under the baton of John R. Metcalf, from 1931 to 1947, the orchestra reached a new level of support from the community. The Erie Philharmonic Society was created to sponsor the orchestra, and in 1947 all members of the orchestra were paid union scale wages. The orchestra also became a charter member of the American Symphony Orchestra League in 1942.
Fritz Mahler (a nephew of Gustav Mahler) was appointed music director in 1947 and performed the orchestra’s first pops concert in 1948. In 1950, the Erie Philharmonic sponsored its first important commission, Peter Mennin’s “Concerto for Orchestra,” which has established itself in the orchestral repertoire. The Erie Philharmonic Chorus began its great tradition in October of 1952, singing choruses from "La Traviata" under the direction of Fritz Mahler.
In 1953, Music Director James Sample and President William Schuster established the Erie Junior Philharmonic, which today still serves as an important part of the Philharmonic’s educational activities. After Sample, the orchestra continued its artistic achievements under the batons of John Gosling (1967-76), Harold Bauer (1974-76), Walter Hendl (1976-90), Eiji Oue (1990-96), Peter Bay (1996-99), and Hugh Keelan (2000-06).
In the summer of 2007, Daniel Meyer was named the 12th Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic. The 2016-17 season marks the 103rd Season of the Erie Philharmonic.
Directors and Governors
Directors and Governors
President Daniel Zimmerman
Executive Vice President John Knox
Vice President-Finance & Treasurer Amy Denlinger
Secretary Pam Davis
Vice President & General Counsel vacant
Vice President-Artistic Affairs Tom Vicary
Vice President-Education Tom New
Vice President-Events Linda Wilkinson*
Vice President-Marketing Geri Cicchetti
Chair Joellen Nelson
Vice Chair Kate Weber
Secretary Kelly Reams
Dates shown represent the end of term
Vice President-Development Julie Chacona
Immediate Past President Charlie Ingram*
Chair, Board of Governors Joellen Nelson
Executive Director Steve Weiser
Musician Rep Brad Amidon**
At Large Lorianne Feltz
At Large Sandra Jarecki
At Large Julia Nene
Executive Director Steve Weiser
Director of Community Impact Lisa Herring
Operations Manager & Librarian Alex Hake
Patron Services Manager Mathew Anderson
Donor Relations Manager Jessica Flock
Bookkeeper Mary Pruchniewski
Ad Sales Patti Pella
Personnel Manager Robert Dolwick
Junior Philharmonic Business Manager Janet Preston
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